Mourinho: Paul Pogba will make transfer fee look cheap
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of world-record signing Paul Pogba, claiming his £89million price tag will not be seen as such a big deal in a few years time.
Pogba re-joined United, where he came the academy as a teenager, from Juventus this summer after a long running saga. His four-year spell in Italy yielded as many Serie A titles as he developed into one of the best midfielders around.
United are currently out of the Champions League places and Pogba’s performances have come in for criticism, in part because of his transfer fee, but Mourinho believes the 23-year-old has been unfairly treated.
“The scrutiny on him is hard, is difficult,” Mourinho told reporters. “But that’s the price of being who he is and is also the price of his price.”
The Portuguese coach also said that the money spent on players will only get more extravagant in the coming years.
“I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality probably will cost the same money or more, so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny.
“A few years ago £25m was a phenomenal player. Today, £25m is not even a player, it is a prospect of a player. Now if you want to buy a good prospect, a good 20-year-old player who can be fantastic, you are paying as if the player is already a big player.
“I think the next summer can bring a few surprises at this level and probably Paul will lose his status as the world’s most expensive player, which is probably a good thing.”